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Join us as we get To the Core of all things apple, pear and cherry.

Pacific Coast Kids in the Kitchen Event

How do you get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables?  You take one produce company who is passionate about produce and helping communities, you bring in boxes of produce from local farms, add five creative chefs from the region, throw in a group of 25 kids and then you begin to chop, cook and inspire your way to healthier kids. Pacific Coast Fruit Company recently put on [...]

Women in Agriculture – Rosa Rivera

Many of the Chelan Valley orchards are a family affair, with women playing a critical role in running smooth operations and growing the business. In our blog series, “Women in Agriculture,” we sit down with them to discuss their roles and thoughts on the industry. This month we checked in with Rosa Rivera, who owns and operates a family orchard with her husband in the Chelan Valley. Rosa is a [...]

How to Add Fruit to Every Meal

The Produce for Better Health Foundation has declared September National Fruits and Veggies Month and we couldn’t be more thrilled to help them celebrate. Adding an additional serving of fruits and vegetables to every meal will up your nutrition for the day, and it’s easier than you think. Here are our suggestions on how to participate in the September “eat more fruits and veggies” #HaveAPlantPledge with some delicious ideas for every [...]

Pear Harvest Update

The Northwest Pear harvest is in full swing with an expected crop that will be slightly smaller than last season. Growing conditions in the NW have been ideal through the summer so in spite of the smaller numbers, the crop is expected to be very high quality this season. Bartlett pears with their beautiful yellow skin and sweet, juicy flavor are available now. The Bartlett pear is iconic as a [...]

How to Ripen Pears – Kitchen Hack

Most store-bought pears will be firm and often need to be ripened a little before eating. But what is the best way to ripen pears at home? For starters, make sure to select firm, unblemished pears with zero bruises or torn skin for best results. Also, avoid refrigerating unripe pears as it can stunt their ability to ripen. Here are our three principle methods for ripening pears: The slow method: [...]

Summer Pear Recipes

Pears are wonderful in the summer! Their refreshing juiciness and crisp texture make them an ideal snack on a hot day. Pears can also be used in a variety of recipes that are perfect for the warmer months as well as backyard barbecues and family gatherings.  Here are our favorite pear recipes for summer:  Pear cucumber gazpacho Chilled and refreshing, this savory cold pear and cucumber soup is just the ticket. Make [...]

Cherries: Freeze and Store

People forget that you can freeze and store cherries simply and easily! Our farmers have worked hard this season to produce a bountiful cherry crop and Chelan Fresh cherries are readily available for at least one more month! The cherries this season are big and sweeter than ever! Now is the time to buy those cherries and continue to enjoy them immediately or freeze some for later this fall. Contact [...]

Summer cherry drinks and bites

Welcome to our summer cherry recipes guide! Summer heat means two things: outdoor gatherings and cherry season! Cherries are only around for a few months so make them the star of your next picnic, barbecue or outdoor cocktail party. Cherries are very healthy and can be used to make drinks or refreshing snacks. They are also pair beautifully with cheese (click to access our pairing how-to). To get you [...]

How to pair cherries with cheese

Cherries love nothing more than to accompany a beautiful cheeseboard. Their sweetness and juiciness contrast beautifully with many types of cheeses, and their bright hues add a pop of color. There are many ways to enjoy cherries with cheese: raw, pickled, cooked in a jam, tossed in a salad, etc. The possibilities really are endless, so have fun with it.  Here is a guide for which cheeses pair well with [...]

Sign up for your Healthy You Guide Book

Discover the joys of fresh fruit! Our Healthy You Guide Book is filled with valuable nutritional data, a diverse array of recipes, hands-on projects for kids, and much more. Please enjoy this complimentary gift from Chelan Fresh!